Baltika #3 Classic | Baltika Breweries

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2.97/5
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396 Ratings
Baltika #3 ClassicBaltika #3 Classic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baltika Breweries
Russian Federation
baltika.ru

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,920
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
396
pDev:
18.18%
Bros Score:
3.46
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Photo of BergBeer
1.77/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Look: Crystal clear gold with a thin white head. Mild activity

Smell: A oddly sweet smelling lager. Right on the nose there is a corn syrup sweetness that is quite cloying. The corn syrup is the most prominent note but the nose also holds, a bit of white bread malt, a copper penny note, and just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: The attack is actually quite crisp and refreshing. The attack holds notes of triscut cracker, fruity lager yeast, and green apple skins. But all of this is quickly bowled over by this medicinally sweet corn flavor. It’s just so sweet. It taste and feels like candy corn on the palate. This note blows out the rest of the beer. The finish might hold some earthy hops but the candy corn note still lingers around so there isn’t much else I can pick up.

Feel: Surprisingly crisp at first but really bodies up with that candy corn note. Medium bodied. No alcohol. Crisp carbonation. No bitterness.

Overall: Just a soupy corny mess. That one note just absolutely dominates this beer. It is so far from what a beer of this style should be. It isn’t crisp, clean, or even easy to drink. It taste like you left candy corn in a water bottle out in the summer sun for a week. Yeah, I’ll be passing on this from now on.

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Pretty normal pale lager. If you've seen any macro lager, you've seen Baltika #3.

Smell: Corny malt, with a bit of yeasty hops. Doesn't really smell that great, to be honest.

Taste: Corn-backed malt with a metallic bitterness on the back end, and a strange syrupy taste that makes it almost taste like it's expired.

Mouthfeel: Thin and meaningless.

Overall: At best, boring. At worst, tastes like it's gone off. At 4.8% ABV and a 15 ounce bottle, it's clearly meant for one purpose: getting you hammered in a tavern on the Russian dockside, or maybe the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone on your way to find artifacts.

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Photo of SelkoParamour
4.88/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of artemfl
1.52/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of monkist
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A smelly, corny lager. Not as bad as Euro though. Smell a bit sickly but sipping it gives you a bit more smooth, lighter taste - and then come the popcorn in. Has quite some corn in the aftertaste. Would do better as an alternative of Euro lagers but then I'd prefer the Adjunct for leaving the sickening yeast out. Not THAT bad after all, but once was enough.

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Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a light bodied lager. It's got that golden straw color to it. Not a real big smell to it. Very light and easy to drink. Great for your summer time grilling or picnics. You could drink a lot of these and not notice it. It's like a Russian Budweiser.

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Photo of mishi_d
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of iamthen0ise
3.11/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of JLaw55
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Less sweet than #5. Makes it more drinkable and slightly better tasting. Only slightly though.

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Photo of yaron73
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bags69
4.85/5  rDev +63.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brayton
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Tone
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong adjunct, pale malt, hint of hops, strong European yeast, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of TyrionBeernister
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GraemeH
3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 54V4G3
2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Beginner2
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of Rick778
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Dzu
2.43/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Carrefour Huelva. In Bavaria glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 7x04-05. Pleasant. Nice maltiness. Reminds me of the Weltenburger Pils, although at the end it becomes a bit watery.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kiro
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drank it out of a Can and Bottle. They both basically taste the same. Weird. Sweet malt, grassiness and classic lager bitterness. Not much in the way of flavor. Very short finish. Lower carb, smooth drinking. Super short finish. Blah.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
2.24/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a stein.
L: Translucent light yellow (I can easily see my hand on the other side of the glass). Bubbles come from the bottom of the glass but the head disipates instantly.
S: Sweet lager aroma. Light hay with some malt (maybe pilsner).
T: Definitely has the macro lager profile, but it is slightly sweeter than an American macro lager. Processed syrupy like taste.
F: Very little if any, pretty much drinks like water.
Overall, this tastes like a sweet macro lager with the carbonation removed. Not something I would purchase or drink again.

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Baltika #3 Classic from Baltika Breweries
Beer rating: 2.97 out of 5 with 396 ratings
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